Poland win Euro 7s Championship

From “Emerging Nation” to European Champions in less than a decade, Poland completed a remarkable journey in Krakow this weekend despite losing to Ireland in the final.

Published by John Birch, July 3rd, 2022

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Poland win Euro 7s Championship

A tournament win in Lisbon followed by runners-up at home in Krakow was goo enough for Poland to become only the sixth nation to win the European 7s Championship since it began in 2003.

In the third tier of European 7s until 2011, and still playing taking part in “Emerging Nations Camps” until 2013, Poland were unbeaten against all-comers apart from their final conquers in Krakow, Ireland.

Ireland had finished fourth in the first leg, and so were drawn in the same pool as Poland, and caused a pause in Poland’s party by beating the home team 21-0 near the end of the first day.

However, unlike in Lisbon, the addition of an extra day allowed this tournament to feature semi-finals with both Ireland and Poland qualifying for the last four.

Pool B was dominated by Scotland and Spain. The former were narrowly beaten in the final in Lisbon, while the latter had had a disappointing tournament, finishing sixth despite selecting their best available team.

Helped by France shuffling their squad and bringing in a number of development players, Spain gained a morale boosting win against their oldest rivals in their opening game while Scotland swept aside Wales. Both teams came into the final pool game unbeaten with semi-final spots already assured at the end of the second day, and it was Scotland who came out top winning 17-14.

That resulted in a semi-final between Lisbon finalists Scotland and Poland. With Lisbon bronze medallists France out of the running, it was a knock-out game that would also produce the series winner, and to the delight of crowd and players, that winner proved to be Poland, beating Scotland in a terrific contest by a larger margin than in Lisbon, 14-0. Ireland brought Spain’s improved run to an end with a 26-0 win in the other semi.

With the series title already assured the final could have been an anti-climax, but it was as good as the final in Lisbon, with the lead again changing hands and Ireland coming from being behind at half-time to win the title by 21-17.

But it was still Poland’s day - an amazing story that shows what any nation, given determination and investment, can acheve.


Pool A: Poland 45-5 Romania; Ireland 40-12 Czechia; Poland 43-0 Germany; Ireland 38-7 Romania; Czechia 24-15 Germany; Poland 0-21 Ireland; Czechia 22-0 Romania; Ireland 38-7 Germany; Poland 43-0 Czechia; Germany 10-12 Romania

Pool B: Scotland 45-0 Wales; France 7-17 Spain; Scotland 38-7 Belgium; France 38-21 Wales; Spain 15-12 Belgium; Scotland 15-0 France; Spain 33-0 Wales; France 14-14 Belgium; Scotland 17-14 Spain; Belgium 31-10 Wales

5th-8th Place Semi Finals: Czechia 10-14 Belgium; Romania 7-36 France

Semi-Finals Ireland 26-0 Spain; Poland 14-0 Scotland

9th Place: Germany 33-14 Wales

7th Place: Czechia 45-0 Romania

5th Place: Belgium 26-14 France

3rd Place: Spain 21-17 Scotland

Final: Poland 17-21 Ireland

Final series standings

1 Poland 38; 2 Ireland 34; 3 Scotland 32; 4 France 26; 5 Spain 26; 6 Belgium  20; 7 Czechia 20; 8 Germany 10; 9 Romania 10; 10 Wales 6